– JANUARY 01, 2015
After a good New Years celebration we have come to see the Bangkok National Museum. While there we came across a strange request.
BANGKOK NATIONAL MUSEUM
The Bangkok National Museum is the main branch museum of the National Museums in Thailand and also the largest museum in Southeast Asia. It features exhibits of Thai art and history. The museum occupies the former palace of the vice king, set between Thammasat University, and the National Theater, facing Sanam Luang.
The museum was established and opened in 1874 by King Rama V to exhibit relics from the rule of King Rama IV’s rule. Today the galleries contain exhibits covering Thai History back to Neolithic times. The collection includes The King Ram Khamhaeng Inscription, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme Register in 2003 in recognition of its world significance.
Other than preserving and displaying Thai artifacts dated from Dvaravati, Srivijaya, to Sukhothai and Ayutthaya period, the museum also displaying extensive collections of regional Asian Buddhist Arts such as Indian Gandhara, Chinese Tang, Vietnamese Cham, Indonesian Java, and Cambodian Khmer arts.
JILL’S PBS INTERVIEW
While we were looking at the artifacts in the museum, we were approached by a camera crew doing a Thai PBS documentary on why people come to visit Thailand. I turned down the request, but Jill happily agreed. They quickly set up the cameras right in the middle of the museum and gave Jill a debrief. I stood back and took some pictures and video clips of the interview in progress.
We will have to search the internet for this segment when it gets completed by the camera crew. It just goes to show you’ll never know what is just around the corner on an adventure like this!
For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.